Earlier this month, I attended the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center Spring Flours event in Chicago at the Swissotel. It was really a great event with over 34 chef stations serving delicious gluten-free food. They also had a great silent auction and a live auction as well. For more information on this event please click here. This event is held every year so please plan ahead and make sure you can attend next year. It was well worth it. Today I am featuring the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center (UCCDC) for “U” day. You can follow them on Twitter @CureCeliac and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CureCeliac. They are doing so much to help the Celiac community and here is what they would like to share:
The key to curing celiac disease is the development of a mouse model. The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center is making great progress in this quest. With proper financial support, we hope to achieve this goal of finding a cure in the next 10 to 15 years. For more information or to donate, please click here: www.CeliacDisease.net.
The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center’s Free Annual Blood Screening is scheduled for Oct. 15, 2011. This event only happens once a year, so don’t miss it! The Celiac Center will screen up to 500 people at risk for celiac disease that morning. In addition, there will be a Q&A Panel with Celiac Center Medical Director Dr. Stefano Guandalini, as well as several other experts from the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. And, we will also have a vendor fair during screening hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Preregistration for the screening is required (the Q&A panel and vendor fair are open to all, and do not require registration). You can register by calling the Celiac Center at (773) 702-7593 AFTER August 15th. Please note that in order to be screened, you must have a risk factor for celiac disease, and you must be on a GLUTEN-CONTAINING diet for at least 12 weeks prior to the screening.
The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center has screened over 3,500 people for celiac disease since 2001, and has found nearly 200 of them to be positive. This screening is a unique way to be tested, and is open to anyone with a risk factor who is on a regular diet, regardless of insurance status. Registrants who meet the criteria are taken on a first come-first serve basis. For more information, go to www.Celiac Disease.net. Information will be posted as the event draws near.